Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Murder in Masquerade by Mary Winters

Posted February 23, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, clean, cozy mystery, giveaway, historical, Mary Winters, mystery/suspense, romance / 14 Comments


Murder in Masquerade book review

Murder in Masquerade by Mary WintersMURDER IN MASQUERADE by Mary Winters
SERIES:
A Lady of Letters Mystery #2

GENRE: Historical/Victorian Cozy Mystery (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Berkley
RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2024
PAGES: 331

 

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I adored the first book in this series, and I couldn’t wait to catch up with Amelia and Simon in Murder in Masquerade and see if there would be any progress on the romance front. Ok, yes, I love the mystery and the other characters and the Victorian setting too but when you tease me with such great romantical sparks and chemistry and possibilities, y’all know that’s what I’m returning for haha. I am also delighted to report that everything I adored about Murder in Postscript is still present in spades in Murder in Masquerade… and that there are indeed some lovely scenes with Simon that had my KissingBooks heart all twitterpated.

Mary Winters’ writing voice is warm and charming and witty and so are her characters. Even crusty Aunt Tabitha who continues to grow on me, especially in this book. Amelia is a wonderful protagonist, plucky and friendly and smart. Her responses as Lady Agony – wherein she is most herself – provide a unique insight into her personality, layers which are further developed by her interactions with the supporting characters and murder investigations she finds herself in. Simon is still dashing and kind and a fierce protector of the women he cares about, including his sister Marielle and Amelia, while still respecting their independence though his sister challenges his ability in both regards in this book. Well, ok, maybe Amelia does too lol. Poor Simon 🙂

Which brings us to the mystery involving the man who’s been trying to convince Marielle to elope to Gretna Green, a man who Simon suspects is a scoundrel and definitely not worthy to be Marielle’s husband. Nevertheless, when the rogue winds up dead, Simon and Amelia investigate his death to help bring Marielle some closure. The investigation spans the gamut of suspects from high society to the criminal underworld, and once again Simon and Amelia – and her endearing best friend Kitty – make a great sleuthing team. I did not even remotely suspect the culprit, and I loved it. Here is where I do recommend that you read Murder in Postscript before starting this second book, as you might feel lost otherwise. There’s sufficient background given, but it’s not immediate, and I had to reorient myself a little too, though I was able to do so fairly quickly.

Bottom Line: Mary Winters continues to deliver a clever and entertaining Victorian mystery in the Lady of Letters Mysteries’ sophomore novel, Murder in Masquerade. Vibrant characters, a well-plotted murder investigation, witty humor, and even some delicious dashes of romance had me wishing to stay in this world indefinitely, not wanting the story to end. I once again loved the Lady Agony column that begins each chapter, and I was positively gleeful about the swoony chemistry that keeps growing stronger between Simon and Amelia. (I want to know if this author writes romance under a pen name because if so I want to read it!) Already eager for future books and another chance to hang out with these great characters!

Reviewer’s Note: Readers of this blog may want to be aware that there is one usage of the name of Christ as an expletive in this book.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Mary Winters
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Mary Winters is the author of the Lady of Letters historical mystery series. She also writes cozy mysteries under the name Mary Angela. A longtime reader and fan of historical fiction, Mary set her latest work in Victorian England after being inspired by a trip to London. Since then, she’s been busily planning her next mystery—and another trip! Find out more about Mary and her writing, reading, and teaching at marywintersauthor.com.


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14 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Murder in Masquerade by Mary Winters

  1. Deborah D

    I love the cover. I can’t wait to read your books. I am checking with my local library to see if they have your books.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Murder in Masquerade” by Mary Winters and for being part of the book tour.

    This books sounds wonderful and is already on my TBR list. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it.

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